Feb. 27, 2013
Northwestern (13-14, 5-9 Big Ten)
vs. Michigan (19-8, 8-6 Big Ten)
Thursday, Feb. 28 • 6 p.m. CT
Crisler Center (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Live Video: Big Ten Digital Network
Live Audio: WNUR, 89.3 FM (www.wnur.org)
In-Game Tweets: @NU_SportsLIVE
NU vs. Michigan Game Notes
The final two games of the regular season take place this week with the Wildcats hitting the road for their last road test Thursday at Michigan and then they return home for Senior Day on Sunday vs. Iowa. Thursday’s tilt vs. the Wolverines is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT at the Crisler Center.
NU comes into Thursday’s contest as winners of two of the last three games, edging Wisconsin last Saturday at home 54-52 and also defeating Minnesota, 70-63 on Feb. 17. The lone loss came at the hands of Michigan State last Wednesday in East Lansing.
LAST TIME OUT
Northwestern came out on top in a tight contest Saturday afternoon against the Badgers, 54-52. The Wildcats trailed by as many as 10 points but staged a second-half comeback that included six ties before Northwestern took over for good (53-52) after freshman forward Maggie Lyon drained one of her three 3-pointers with 1:47 to play.
Senior forward Kendall Hackney and freshman forward Maggie Lyon lead the team in scoring, posting 13 points each for the Wildcats. Hackney broke a Northwestern record Saturday by playing in her 123rd career game. The senior has never missed a game in her Wildcat career and surpassed Laura Augustyniak’s record of 122 games played (1979-83).
Sophomore guard Karly Roser was close to a triple-double, scoring eight points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists. Senior forward/center Dannielle Diamant chipped in 12 points.
After trailing by 10 in the first, the beginning of the second half proved to be a closer battle with two ties in the first five minutes alone. From then, it was back and forth with each team answering each other’s shots almost immediately.
After a Lauren Douglas bucket tied things up at 43-43 both teams went cold as the score stayed the same for nearly four minutes. Diamant broke the tie, but once again UW evened the score at 45-45 with two free throws.
The sixth tie of the half came with 2:37 left after another layup by Douglas and UW responded shortly after to go up 52-50 with 2:04 remaining. That would be the final lead of the game for UW as Lyon drained her third 3-pointer, giving NU the 53-52 edge.
It was still a tight contest until the closing seconds. With NU up 54-52, Wisconsin had possession with 14 seconds left, but was unable to guard against a steal by Lyon, her third of the game. The NU freshman missed a layup and UW went the length of the court but missed a last-second shot to secure the NU victory.
THREE IN A ROW: LYON TABBED B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK AGAIN
Maggie Lyon’s (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) streak of Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards continues as she was honored today by the conference for the third consecutive week. This is the fourth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award for Lyon and sixth overall for Northwestern freshmen.
Lyon earned this week’s award after averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals in NU’s two contests last week. She was an impressive 52.6 percent from the field including 44.4 percent from 3-point range.
NU freshmen have now captured six of the Big Ten’s 16 weekly awards this season. Lyon has won the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award each week since Feb. 12 and this is her fourth accolade of the season after being honored on Dec. 10. Freshman forward Lauren Douglas was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice in the first three weeks of the season.
NEARING TRIPLE-DOUBLE TERRITORY
On Saturday, sophomore guard Karly Roser came close to recording her first career triple-double. She registered a team-best nine rebounds and nine assists to go along with eight points. It was not the first time this season that the Hamilton, Ontario, native came close to a triple-double. In the first game of the year vs. UT-Martin, Roser had 11 assists, two off her career-high of 13 set during her freshman campaign, to go along with nine points and seven rebounds. She then came close again vs. Loyola (11/25) with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Roser has two double-doubles this season and four for her career.
Freshman forward Maggie Lyon has upped her game in the last four contests, tallying numbers above her season averages. Her 13.5 ppg in the last four is tops on the team along with her .564 shooting percentage, including an impressive .476 from 3-point range. Lyon also has not been to the free throw line in the last four games, scoring all of her points off field goals. In fact, Lyon hasn’t been to the charity stripe since Feb. 3 at Iowa.
Saturday against Wisconsin, Lyon tied for the team-lead with 13 points to record double-digit scoring for the 10th consecutive game, which is the longest streak for any Wildcat this season.
Here’s a look at Lyon’s numbers over the last four games compared to her season averages:
Last 4 Category Overall
13.5 PPG 12.7
.564 FG% .367
.476 3-pt FG% .345
3.8 Rebounds 3.4
38.2 Minutes 38.4
Sophomore guard Karly Roser ranks second in the conference in assists (6.5) but is the Big Ten-leader (6.4) in Big Ten-only games. Roser currently has 175 assists, which has already surpassed her entire assist total from 2011-12 of 142. With her nine assists vs. Wisconsin, Roser moved into a tie for ninth in NU single-season history, tying Anne Marie McNamee (1985-86). Ten more dimes would put her at 185 to tie her for eighth with Amber DeWall (1996-97).
The Hamilton, Ontario native, has helped the ’Cats rank highly in the assist category as their 15.6 dimes per game are third in the Big Ten while the 15.0 assists per game in Big Ten contests ties for first.
2012-13 Record: 19-8, 8-6 B1G
All-Time Series Record: NU leads 36-28
Of Note: This is the second meeting of the season between the Wildcats and Wolverines with Michigan taking the 67-53 victory in Evanston on Jan. 17. The Wolverines are coming off a 68-57 loss at No. 7 Penn State last Sunday. Senior guard Kate Thompson recorded a career-high 25 points on 7-of-17 from the field, including five 3-pointers.
Michigan is 3-2 in its last five games, dropping back-to-back contests vs. No. 24 Nebraska (57-39) and at Penn State. The three wins came vs. Illinois, 72-69, at No. 13 Purdue, 67-56 and a narrow one-point win (70-69) vs. Michigan State.
The ’Cats will focus on Thompson who ranks eighth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 15.4 ppg and is second in the conference in 3-point FG% at .423.
Northwestern returns home Sunday, March 3 for the regular-season finale vs. Iowa. Tip is set for 2 p.m. and be sure to arrive early as the ’Cats will honor Dannielle Diamant, Kendall Hackney, Inesha Hale and Kate Popovec for Senior Day.
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